Snaps: Welcome back Vereen

October, 22, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the snaps played by Patriots skill-position players in Sunday's 29-26 overtime win over the Jets and analyzing what it might mean (small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady -- 80 of 80
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 77 of 80
WR Brandon Lloyd -- 68 of 80
WR Wes Welker -- 64 of 80
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 57 of 80
RB Stevan Ridley -- 32 of 80
RB Danny Woodhead -- 31 of 80
WR Deion Branch -- 26 of 80
TE Daniel Fells -- 18 of 80
RB Shane Vereen -- 17 of 80
WR Julian Edelman -- 7 of 80
TE/FB Michael Hoomanawanui -- 3 of 80

(Penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: With rookie running back Brandon Bolden (knee) out, second-year player Shane Vereen was worked into the mix, although he didn't play as much as the other two backs. Vereen entered the day with just 14 snaps played on the season and he more than matched that total with 17. Vereen (8 carries, 49 yards, 6.1 avg.) started the game. ... The return of Julian Edelman didn't impact Wes Welker's role. Welker played in all two- and three-receiver groupings. ... Tight end Aaron Hernandez is still not all the way back from his injured ankle, as evidenced by his reduced role. ... In a change-up from past weeks, receiver Brandon Lloyd was taken off in a three-receiver package with Welker, Deion Branch and Julian Edelman.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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